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Even fridge magnets have magnetic fields approximately 200 times stronger than Earth’s.
Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
Your brain’s sensory talents go way beyond those traditional five senses. A team of geoscientists and neurobiologists explored how the human brain monitors and responds to magnetic fields.
Every magnet has two sides: a north pole and a south pole.
The energy needed to pull magnets apart comes from you, and you get it from the food you eat. And the plants or animals you eat get their energy from other plants and animals, or from the Sun. All energy comes from somewhere.
Magnetotactic bacteria owe their special property to the magnetic nanoparticles they contain.
These single-celled organisms naturally respond to the Earth’s weak magnetic field. Scientists are untangling how it all works, looking to future biomedical and other engineering applications.